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Connectionism
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is a relatively new paradigm of cognitive science. Instead of reducing mental processes to sequential algorithmic symbol processing, as postulated by the traditional computer model of the mind, it attempts to simulate intelligent behavior with the help of artificial neural networks (so-called “connectionist architectures”). Such networks exhibit a highly parallel mode of operation, and are error-tolerant as well as adaptive. Neural networks consist of a large number of interconnec…

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Stephan, Achim, “Connectionism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12096>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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